Keyword: Brussels

Brexit talks: France rejects UK demands on finance, welfare payments

French president said there can be no special case for City of London nor restriction of EU migrants' rights, as demanded by UK PM David Cameron.

Five arrested in Belgium over November terrorist attacks in Paris

Official said Salah Abdeslam, wanted for his part in the massacres, was not among the five arrested in and around Brussels on Sunday and Monday.

Movements of Paris attacks 'mastermind' raise EU security questions

Growing concern in France after it emerged that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, one of Europe’s most wanted men, travelled freely around continent.

France calls for swift Greece bailout deal

Arriving at a Brussels summit of eurozone leaders on Sunday, President François Hollande vowed to do 'everything' to reach a deal within hours.

Hollande fiddles while France spurns influence in Europe

A mini-reshuffle has taken place involving President François Hollande's senior advisor on the European Union. First the advisor was shunted to the prime minister's office, then it was confirmed he would remain as the head of state's 'sherpa' in charge of summit meetings in Brussels. As Ludovic Lamant and Mathieu Magnaudeix explain, this rearranging of advisors on the deck of state is symbolic of how, nearly three years after his election, President Hollande has shown himself incapable of presenting a clear, coherent and strong policy on Europe that would enable France to punch its full weight in Brussels. The result, fear some observers, is that France has lost considerable clout in the corridors of European power.

Watch your words or feed populism, French minister warns Germany

Michel Sapin says countries need to respect each others’ history and national identity - otherwise extreme parties will gain more support.

France's race against the clock over reforms

French president has 100 days to deliver on changes after EU set a deadline for removing barriers to growth by March 2015.

EU preparing to reject France’s 2015 budget say officials

Brussels may be willing to use new compliance rules to tell Paris to rewrite its 2015 budget, triggering a crisis.

France gets key economic post in new Juncker European Commission

Former French finance minister Pierre Moscovici will take up the important economic and monetary affairs portfolio despite some German misgivings.

Former French hostage says Jewish museum killings suspect was his jailer

Journalist Nicolas Henin said Mehdi Nemmouche, who has been extradited to Belgium over murders, was his jailer in Syria in late 2013.

France extradites suspected Jewish Museum shooter to Belgium

French-Algerian Mehdi Nemmouche is wanted by authorities in Brussels over shooting in May that left four people dead. 

Suspect in Jewish Museum shooting drops appeal against extradition from France

Mehdi Nemmouche's lawyer says extradition ruling is 'satisfactory' because of guarantees he cannot be sent to another country from Belgium.

France to extradite Brussels Jewish museum shooting suspect

Court rules that Mehdi Nemmouche, arrested in Marseille in May after shooting that left four dead, should be handed over to Belgian authorities.

European cash 'jackpot' that could boost Marine Le Pen's bid for French presidency

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Le 12 mai 2014, au siège du FN. © Reuters Le 12 mai 2014, au siège du FN. © Reuters

After her party's successes in the recent European elections, the leader of the far-right Front National is striving to form her own multi-national political group at the European Parliament. The official reason is that such a grouping will strengthen the FN president’s political clout in the parliament. But as Ludovic Lamant and Marine Turchi report, there is another reason for setting up the group – and that is to enable the FN to get its hands on several million euros a year in EU funds. Thus this most eurosceptic of French politicians might end up using EU money to help support her attempt to win the French presidency in 2017.

Brussels casts doubt on France’s deficit reduction strategy

Commission says reform programme unveiled by President François Hollande in January had 'insufficient' detail to match its ambitions.